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Poster: vaagheid Date: Nov 14, 2008 10:24am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Lee/Dracula Question

The Dutch wikipedia put this text under the "Satanic Rites of Dracula"-article.

"Copyright status
Van de film wordt vaak beweerd dat hij zich in het publiek domein zou bevinden. Er bestaan in de Verenigde Staten inderdaad een aantal low-budget DVD uitgaven van de film die tot het publiek domein worden gerekend, maar de film zelf is nog altijd auteursrechtelijk beschermd. Hammer Film Productions bestaat officieel nog steeds, en heeft nog altijd de rechten op de film in handen."

Loosely translated this means

"A lot of people claim that the film is in the public domain. In the United States there indeed exist a number low-budget DVD editions of the film, which have said the film is in the public domain, but the film is coptright protected. Hammer Film Productions still officially exists, and still has the rights of the film in their hands."

The American version says

"Although some low-budget DVD distributors in the US have released ultra-cheap DVDs of The Satanic Rites Of Dracula, there is no evidence that the film is public domain. The Hammer production company still exists and still retains the rights to its back catalogue in the US, UK and other countries."

So I was just wondering about it's status.


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Poster: MrMovie Date: Nov 14, 2008 1:27pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lee/Dracula Question

"So I was just wondering about it's status."

I think you answered your own question with what you posted.

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Poster: vaagheid Date: Nov 15, 2008 8:53am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lee/Dracula Question

So I am wondering if the mutiple uploads that are already on the site should be removed?

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Poster: MrMovie Date: Nov 17, 2008 1:26pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lee/Dracula Question

Seems next to impossible to get a questionable film removed. A good example is THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Seems to me that unless MGM or FOX (who-ever released that) totally overlooked that one, it would still be under copyright. You make a vaild point and FOX actually aquired releasing rights to most of the Hammer Films Products. Could be another one of those films that some company believes is in their library through some type of acquition. With all the films that have went from one company to another more then two or three times, whoever has it probably doesn't even know it's in their library.

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